UFO Caught on the Canada-France-Hawaii (CFH) Telescope on Mauna Kea?

*UPDATE* Please read Andrew Cooper’s explanation in the comments below.  This should clear everything up.

Someone pointed me to this video that the Canada France Hawaii Telescope on Mauna Kea captured on July 10th of this year and asked if I could explain the light that shoots across the screen near the bottom of the screen at the 1 minute and 24 second mark.  I really don’t have an explanation for it other then the fact that it’s definitely unidentifiable to me.  Can anyone else identify this Unidentified Flying Object (UFO)?

No… I don’t think the aliens are out to get us!

[youtube=http://youtu.be/EfqAPrRCUgw]

The CFH observatory hosts a world-class, 3.6 meter optical/infrared telescope. The observatory is located atop the summit of Mauna Kea, a 4200 meter, dormant volcano located on the island of Hawaii. The CFH Telescope became operational in 1979. The mission of CFHT is to provide for its user community a versatile and state-of-the-art astronomical observing facility which is well matched to the scientific goals of that community and which fully exploits the potential of the Mauna Kea site.

The Observatory headquarters are located in Waimea (also known as Kamuela by the US Postal Service), where CFHT has been part of the community since 1977. Waimea is a small country town of 6,000 nested at 2,500 feet in the saddle between the Mauna Kea dormant volcano and the Kohala mountains. Named by the 2000 Robb Report as one of the 10 most desirable places to live in the United States, it has retained its 150-year old Paniolo (cowboy) culture but also offers many conveniences of modern life. Along with its green pastures grazed by cows, horses, sheep, and goats, Waimea hosts excellent schools, a modern hospital, the Kahilu Theater, shopping centers, over a dozen restaurants, and more!

7 Responses

  1. LMAO @ Punatics!! :)

  2. Nah!
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  3. I saw the same video and claims a few weeks ago, pretty lame if someone claims the shots show a UFO.

    The camera in question uses long exposures to capture the night scenes, thus the usual aircraft landing in and climbing out of Hilo leave nice streaks. I have plenty of photos with the same streaks in them, taken from the mountain at night. Watch my Three Laser video and keep an eye for the arrival and departure from Lanai City.

    http://vimeo.com/24338510

    There are several aircraft to be seen in the CFHT video and a couple meteors captured as well. I suspect you can see aircraft in the CFHT Cloudcam images just about any night.

  4. What UFO. Get real.

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